Downy - the best japanese band that youve never heard of

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or did you?!

Combining Mogwai style post rock, with Joy division new wave,Loop and Ambient, it has some of the strongest stuff ive heard lately.

here's a link to a streaming video.the song is good, but they done even better.

http://www.redruin.com

emekars (emekars), Friday, 19 May 2006 22:32 (thirteen years ago) link

ysi?
yeah, why not.
even a better track.

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=3B487F221583F3AD

same goes, Friday, 19 May 2006 23:07 (thirteen years ago) link

They are great.If we were in the 90's - even successful (outside Japan).

Teddy B, Saturday, 20 May 2006 18:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Three more songs here:

http://www.myspace.com/downyband

StanM (StanM), Saturday, 20 May 2006 21:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Modern Eon+mogwai+Loop=good

formula 1, Saturday, 20 May 2006 22:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I like they way downy's home page is down.

StanM (StanM), Saturday, 20 May 2006 23:38 (thirteen years ago) link

thank you slsk

thank you slsk, Sunday, 21 May 2006 04:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh come on, their stuff isn't that expensive.

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/list_from_code_banner.html?key=27286

StanM (StanM), Sunday, 21 May 2006 13:55 (thirteen years ago) link

This is actually very good

Baaderonixx rides the neon lights (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 07:58 (thirteen years ago) link

20 EUR for shipping to Belgium...

Baaderonixx rides the neon lights (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 08:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, I'm looking around eBay and gemm as well - on the other hand, I might just risk it and order all of them in one go.

StanM (StanM), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 08:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Believe me, they are all worth it, the DVDs too.

Red Ruin, Saturday, 27 May 2006 13:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Here's another good place to find Japanese music:
http://www.hmv.co.jp/search/index.asp?keyword=downy

Red Ruin, Saturday, 27 May 2006 13:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks!

Meanwhile, it appears they have broken up, according to this post (wait a minute... Red Ruin... that's you!), but I can't quite follow who's been doing what: the singer has been/is in Eksperimentoj, but also in Dhal, which seems to be a one off project (or is it? and doesn't that description mean Aoki isn't a member of Eksperimentoj?) and the other members have been in other bands as well see here.

(I just get ????'s everywhere, so I can't tell whether downy has actually broken up or not and what happened to them all - can anyone confirm/deny any of this?)

StanM (StanM), Thursday, 1 June 2006 18:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, everything I said has already been discussed in the comments on your blog:

http://www.redruin.com/2006/02/06/eksperimentoj-solaris-japan/

StanM (StanM), Friday, 2 June 2006 06:47 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...
After listening to this far more often than was justified, I conclude that this brand of post-Radiohead claptrap ought be given a quick-n-dirty funeral. It's AWFUL.

Shoes say, yeah, no hands clap your good bra. (goodbra), Saturday, 29 July 2006 03:26 (thirteen years ago) link

hard to admit - but,yeah, i was over enthusiastic about them..i'm just a human being after all!!

emekars (emekars), Saturday, 29 July 2006 22:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I still like 'em. :o

StanM (StanM), Sunday, 30 July 2006 19:47 (thirteen years ago) link

six years pass...

They're recording album 5 btw

StanM, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 20:51 (six years ago) link

oh fuck i love this band

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 20:54 (six years ago) link

radiohead comparisons always felt off to me. for one the rhythm section of this band is totally nuts

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 20:57 (six years ago) link

Updates from the studio @ http://twitter.com/#!/aokirobin (in Japanese though)

StanM, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 21:06 (six years ago) link

There was always a nagging feeling that something in the vocals on Mokuren reminded me of something else:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wishtr0sfE

and years later, I think I found what it reminds me of:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLMoDU9Tl_E

(lo and behold, now I'm google Downy + This Heat, I find out Downy have covered This Heat's Paper Hats on a 2005 compilation)

StanM, Thursday, 20 June 2013 18:34 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

Excellent, I love these dudes

many machines on ilx (MaresNest), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:44 (five years ago) link

yesssssssssssss

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:45 (five years ago) link

So, um, yeah - this is what's on the label's page about the album : http://1fct.net/archives/7298

The Google translation is only slightly less readable than an XGau review: boned entanglement.

"New album of nine years after the long-awaited revival downy ! hiatus period !

Sound hard sharp that tension taut leads .
Acoustic own encapsulating innovation to stimulate the mental scenery is unique .
It is the birth name of the board that carved a new history without compromise .

To fuse it to face . Sound image abstracts with personality comb each , are concocting without waste or tangles vocal and installation of individual sharp texture . Vocals full of originality in the transience pushing which is clad in lyrics ideological abstract . Exchange of guitar phrases and drumming of strange time not even have time to breath are continuous in the thrilling , wall of sound that carved in the complex rhythm and riff -conscious freely regulation is improvisation application ambient basis somewhere . How the interplay goes Une me over and over again in the thread of rhythm rather than boned entanglement , the impression that come from beyond the distant horizon . Sound making a sharp based around rhythm . Minimalist rhythm that is configured dense is speculative , such as reminiscent of the landscape desolate
There is the abyss . In addition , the amplitude of the sound while centric lyricism in lyrical , intense attack also combines the dramatic dynamic . Merged with a novel sense of beat , the configuration of power electronics sound show by drawing a soundscape flexible is the best part .

It is the restart felicity Label the first artist downy, long-awaited ."

StanM, Sunday, 27 October 2013 15:24 (five years ago) link

(I think I meant slightly more readable, but anyway)

StanM, Sunday, 27 October 2013 15:26 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1axFkQlF4o

StanM, Sunday, 10 November 2013 16:31 (five years ago) link

(the title is "Spring & Carnage" as far as I can find)

StanM, Sunday, 10 November 2013 16:38 (five years ago) link

The album's out in Japan -> https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/di-wu-zuo-pin-ji-wu-ti/id738416245

StanM, Thursday, 21 November 2013 18:13 (five years ago) link

ffffff all right

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:01 (five years ago) link

oh excellent i found it

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:04 (five years ago) link

well this is just straight up shooting me in the face out the gate

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:20 (five years ago) link

um, is that a good thing? :-)

StanM, Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:38 (five years ago) link

Videoclip for track 5+6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydy9xpvA1P8

StanM, Wednesday, 27 November 2013 16:53 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

Does this mean they're releasing a live album or studio album 6 in September? -> http://www.downy-web.com/news/

StanM, Saturday, 6 August 2016 15:52 (three years ago) link

I think it announces a new album and a release show?

which holy shit

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 August 2016 15:53 (three years ago) link

Yes! new album. http://1fct.net/releases/pecf-1140

(not-very-helpful Google translation)

StanM, Saturday, 6 August 2016 16:34 (three years ago) link

+ albums 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been remastered in 2014

StanM, Saturday, 6 August 2016 16:47 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Trailer movie for album 6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhGr_R9nEQk

StanM, Tuesday, 23 August 2016 15:01 (three years ago) link

Album is out in two days - videoclip for the first track ( 凍る花 - "flowers freeze" ?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osjxvvuStCQ

StanM, Monday, 5 September 2016 14:56 (three years ago) link

The album's out!

Interview Robin Aoki / Taigen Kawabe from Bo Ningen : http://www.brownnoiseunit.com/interviews/downy-x-bo-ningen-the-untitled-6-interview/

StanM, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 15:17 (three years ago) link

whoa the album's on spotify!!!!

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 16:54 (three years ago) link

well this sure is a downy album. it's great

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 September 2016 17:47 (three years ago) link

36 minutes? :(

As usual, it'll probably take me a couple of listens to fully get into (5 only clicked after a couple of months and now I don't understand what I didn't get about it initially)

StanM, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 18:07 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.last.fm/music/downy/+shoutbox

Their guitarist died in march

StanM, Sunday, 1 July 2018 18:49 (one year ago) link

and album 6 still hasn't clicked for me yet

StanM, Sunday, 1 July 2018 18:50 (one year ago) link

oh that's a huge bummer

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Sunday, 1 July 2018 18:52 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

working on 7th!

downy 7thアルバムのドラムREC終了!
凄まじい曲たちが仕上がって来ています。
身に余る光栄に震えつつも絶対に良い作品にするんだという気合いに満ちております。

ようやく行けたハジメさんのスタジオも素晴らしかったです。
ルームチューニングとATC+Subが本当に良い。
ここでミックスもやりたい… pic.twitter.com/0bomd5Exis

— K C (@KKKKKCCCCC) September 24, 2019

StanM, Saturday, 5 October 2019 19:15 (one week ago) link

(drums are recorded, it's a great studio, etc) - I only have google translate to go on

StanM, Saturday, 5 October 2019 19:16 (one week ago) link


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